Technology Merit: Climate Change Adaptation


CLIMsystems (Hamilton, New Zealand) for achieving a leading position in the climate change risk and adaptation assessment industry. Evidence of the firm's accomplishment in this regard can be seen in the extensive citation of models generated with the company's SimCLIM software in the October 2011 guidance document on sea level rise issued by the IPCC's Task Group on Data and Scenario Support for Impacts and Climate Analysis.

CLIMsystems has taken technology developed in a university environment and made it commercially available for governments, academics, multilateral lending agencies and consulting & engineering firms such as CLIMsystems' affiliates and partners CH2M HILL and Stratus Consulting. In 2011, the SimCLIM modeling system was used in coastal assessments in the Philippines and Alexandria, Va. CLIMsystems has also assisted with building capacity for the UNFCCC reporting for Second National Communications in Vanuatu, Tuvalu, the Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Nauru, and Eritrea. The company has also completed projects in China through the Asia Pacific Network, and Vietnam's Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology, and Environment has adopted the SimCLIM software system.

Formal software linkages with other software providers were created with the Decision Support Systems for Agrotechnology Transfer and the new eWater product range developed in Australia. CLIMsystems is also the primary developer of GENIES (Global Environment and National Information Evaluation System) for urban impact analysis for five multilateral development banks.

With a scientific advisory panel of Nobel laureates and leading climate scientists, and partners supporting software developments, CLIMsystems is positioned to maintain leadership in understanding and translating climate science risk into decisions and action for climate resilience.